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De sjukaste överlever: en osteologisk undersökning av nio gravlagda individer från karmeliterklostret i Ny Varberg
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The survival of the sickest : an osteological analysis of nine buried individuals from a Karmelitermonastery, Ny Varberg (English)
Abstract [en]

Osteological analysis was carried out on skeletons from nine graves from a medieval cemetery in Ny Varberg, Varberg, Halland. The graves originate from a monastery and a church, dating back to the fourteenth and fifteenth century. The main aim with this thesis has been to study health through the presence of pathologies and skeletal changes. Further aim was to compare the results from the present study with theresults from Torsten Sandbergs analysis of the same material from 1964. This comparison later showed coincidence. In this study the sex estimations showed the presence of six men and three women. The age distribution among the nine individuals was homogeneous, whit the majority being middle- aged individuals. They exhibit a stature that can be expected for this time period, however, one man stands out with his180-183 cm. The incidence of dental caries, calculus and ante mortal tooth loss has been frequent. Diseases and changes that are occurring in the course of my work are: meningitis, gingivitis, osteomyelitis, periostitis, osteoarthritis, osteoma, Schmorl’snodes, spondylolysis and hypercementosis, among others. A discussion concerning health and the impact of pain is also included in this thesis. Health among the individuals has been varying; some of them probably have not been affected significantly by their disease, while other diseases have had major negative impacts onthe individuals’ mobility and quality of life, and given rise to significant pain.

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2011. , 76 p.
Keyword [sv]
kloster, patologier, Ny Varberg, hälsa
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Archaeology Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1040OAI: diva2:431458
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International Archaeology Programme
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-08-08 Created: 2011-07-19 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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